Having a cloud strategy is vital to ensure that your business has state-of-the-art tools, services, and security it needs to stay on track. Since you may need a range of different products, it is often best to adopt a multi-cloud strategy when choosing your IT solutions. Navigating this process can be confusing, but Crayon's experts are here to manage the transition for you.
Multi-cloud strategy- What does it mean?
A multi-cloud strategy involves dividing your technical infrastructure across two or more services or service providers and can come in many different forms. If you are a tech company running a software product, you may have a staging or development version of your app in one cloud for your QA/Development teams, and a live or production version in another cloud, which your customers use. Utilizing more than one cloud offers many benefits when it comes to testing or adding new features, as well as the added advantage of having a copy of the app should anything happen to one of the servers.
While that example involves two servers hosting your app, those servers may be managed by the same provider. Just like with anything in business, you want to avoid 'putting all of your eggs in one basket.' Spreading your business over multiple cloud services means you are not locked into one provider in terms of costs and options.
Being exposed to issues such as DDoS attacks could take your website or services offline. Having a multi-cloud strategy allows you to quickly move to an unaffected solution and keep your business on track with minimal effort. With traditional technical architecture, this is unachievable and leads to lengthy downtime and loss of revenues.
Think of a sound cloud strategy as a digital insurance policy that is there to keep you on track if something goes wrong.
On a more positive note, different service providers may have better infrastructure in different regions of the globe. In that case, you may select multiple providers to serve your systems to your employees or customers depending on their location. We highly recommend this setup to deliver a vastly optimized experience for you, your staff and your customers. Consider it to be a hybrid approach just like using different logistics companies in different countries.
Cloud-first Microsoft strategy:
Microsoft has switched their traditional focus and business model of physical hardware and devices to a cloud-first approach, which allows them to concentrate on making fantastic software that is device agnostic and delivered through their advanced Azure Cloud infrastructure. Microsoft's CEO stated that the approach from now on would be cloud-first Microsoft products and services to serve a mobile-first and wireless world.
With all the major players, including Microsoft, now adopting this as their business plan for the long term, it is easy to see how a well-planned cloud strategy is a way forward to future-proof your business.
Crayon is here to help you plan, implement and manage an optimized cloud strategy that fits your business needs.